Presents from Proteus

When the harvest season ends around November each year, there is less work to do around the farm. Many seasonal farmworkers who were called to help with the collection, storage, and delivery of crops are no longer receiving a paycheck. This can make the holidays a hard time of year for farmworkers and their families.

Presents from Proteus is an annual Christmas event put on by Proteus, Inc. in partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots that provides children and their families in the Des Moines metro with holiday gifts and food pantry items. Families have an opportunity to make or take home a craft, eat decorated sugar cookies, and share both their wish list and a photo with Santa Claus.

How You Can Help

Make the holidays merry and bright for farmworker families in our community.

Donate Food Items

Spread holiday cheer with Presents from Proteus! By donating non-perishable food items, you can support economically disadvantaged families in Des Moines, IA. We distribute the collected items to families in need at the Presents from Proteus event. Your contribution ensures festive meals and smiles all around!

Want to get your company or coworkers involved? Reach out to to learn how we can partner!

You can drop off donations until December 1st.

  • Maseca
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Dry or canned beans
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Rice
  • Canned vegetables
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruit
  • Evaporated milk
  • Dried herbs/spices

Items can be dropped off at the Proteus, Inc. office in Des Moines or at any of the drop box locations on the Des Moines University Campus in West Des Moines.

For more information about drop box locations, contact

Shop for Toys

We partner with Toys for Tots to supply economically disadvantaged families with toys for the children in their families. Drop off new unwrapped toys for children of any age to one of the Toys for Tots locations.

Sometimes the toys we receive don’t always align perfectly with the ages of the children in our program. To ensure that every child receives a gift that suits their age and interests, we’re seeking volunteers to shop for toys that fill in these gaps.

Contact if you’d like to shop for age-specific toys for a child. Your generosity can make Christmas dreams come true!

Make a Gift

Proteus relies on the support of generous donors to carry out this event. Every dollar you contribute provides gifts, pantry items and holiday activities to farmworker families in need.

Will you be a part of creating a truly memorable holiday season for farmworker families this year?

Presents from Proteus Partners

Our partners make this annual event possible. Thank you!